Top rappers Jay Z and Keane West had the capacity crowd eating out of their hands, as the instant following led to a refrain show on Monday. They are scheduled to move to Greensboro, NC from Philips Arena, Atlanta this Sunday, amid a range of US tours.
Both Jay Z and West have had a series of hits till date, and it was a job choosing among them to light up the stage. The main stage was framed with two cute cube mini-stages, wherein visual effects concocted a shark and pit-bull at intervals. The rappers sung alone, together and in fusion to create mass hysteria.
Keane chose to render Monster, Power and Touch The Sky singles, while Jay Z did with soulful versions of dirt Off Your Shoulder and 99 Problems. The video screens and continuous laser light show electrified the performances.
They were most energetic while singing N—In Paris, going for the jugular and exhorting the audience to be more vocal and athletic. The Watch the Throne song did wonders; especially for West at his home state, even if he has lived all through in Chicago.
Best piece of music from Jay Z was the repeat of Empire State of Mind, which won him and Alicia Keys a Grammy in 2009. The crowd was moved to sing refrains, echoing Jay Z’s lines. The peak for West came through his Runaway version, the essence of which was perhaps to close from West’s own comfort, eliciting involuntary tears.
The duo remembered to invoke patriotic flair with their Made in America, which is an astounding tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. There was a flush of lights in the dark, with the crowd sending signals from their mobiles and lighters. Fittingly, Martin’s ‘Mountaintop Speech’ played on the screen meanwhile. When they finished with ‘Why I Love You’ the crowd shouted ‘One Day More’.